cruelte

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French cruauté, from cruel; Doublet of crudelite; equivalent to cruel +‎ -te.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkriu̯ɛlteː/, /ˈkriu̯alteː/, /ˈkriu̯əlteː/

Noun[edit]

cruelte (plural crueltes)

  1. The state of being cruel; cruelness, cruelty, ruthlessness.
  2. Viciousness, ferociousness; the state of being fierce.
  3. (rare) Strictness, unforgivingness.
  4. (rare) Injuriousness, painfulness.

Usage notes[edit]

This word, as in modern English, is more common than its synonym cruelnesse.

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